Cops Rule Out Pastor Husband in Wife's Murder

Pregnancy could add 20 years to killer's sentence
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2015 4:54 AM CST
Cops Rule Out Pastor Husband in Wife's Murder
Davey and Amanda Blackburn.   (Resonate Church)

Cops hunting the killer—or killers—of a pregnant woman during a home invasion in Indianapolis have yet to make any arrests, though they've completely ruled out her husband, pastor Davey Blackburn. Police say Blackburn, who returned from the gym Tuesday morning to find his wife, Amanda, dying from a gunshot wound, was "100% cleared" with the help of security camera footage from the gym, WTHR reports. A police spokesman says investigators, who believe the 28-year-old was shot during a robbery, are working on leads and examining security footage from the homes of neighbors, reports ABC News, which notes that Crime Stoppers is now offering a $1,000 reward.

A neighbor tells WTHR that he has given police surveillance video showing a vehicle that may be connected to the murder. "At least the investigator was able to discern the car and some of the detail," the neighbor says, adding that the video also shows people who look "a little suspicious." Blackburn, whose toddler son was in the home when she received the fatal gunshot wound but was unharmed, was around 12 weeks pregnant, meaning that under a state law passed in 2009, her killer could receive up to 20 additional years on any potential sentence, reports the Indianapolis Star. (An Army National Guard combat medic survived being shot during an invasion of her Charlotte, NC, home last week.)

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